Friends and Family at MUMC
Unfortunately, we must inform you that multiple members of the MUMC Community have tested positive for COVID-19. Multiple others are quarantining because of contact with known infected persons. We know that some of those people testing positive have been on church premises, excluding the education wing and the basement youth area.
We also note that cases in Calhoun County have seen the steepest increase in cases between August 28th and September 29th as compared to any period since we began recording cases on March 17th.
John Hopkins University also reports that daily confirmed cases in Calhoun County have doubled over the previous week.
The MUMC COVID Team has decided the following:
- After closing today, There's Enough Exchange Store will be closed temporarily for at least two weeks.
- We will be temporarily stopping (for at least 2 weeks) all onsite worship services and activities in our facility, except for those in un-impacted areas. (For instance, Head Start’s staff will be notified, but Community Action will decide if their staff is able to work on the premises or by remote. No classes for children are in session at this time.) Effective immediately.
- Worship services will continue on Facebook LIVE at 9 and 11am and WBCK radio at 10am. You can join on Sunday morning or anytime during the day or week.
- Pastor Melany, Ministry Staff, and Media will be onsite to offer worship, but temporarily both the choir and band will be recorded again, rather than onsite.
- The community-wide book study will continue in small groups on Zoom, as well as on Facebook LIVE on Fridays at 1pm with Pastor Melany.
- All other small groups (including recovery groups) will be moved back to Zoom.
- All staff and leadership will be working from home while meeting on Zoom.
Yes, this is frustrating...
As United Methodists, first and foremost we must "Do No Harm".
As MUMC, our mission is to "Love Everyone, Everywhere".
As Christ-followers, we are commanded to "Love God and neighbor".
We will be here for one another.
- So make a phone call, send a note or card, be thoughtful of others, and check-in often.
- We will be watching the science, praying for those infected, and continuing to be the church.
We have not closed church.
- We have simply adapted church in order to keep everyone safe.
- This too shall pass.
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
- MUMC COVID Team
Mike Ancil, Leadership Council Chair
Art Hill, Lay Leader
Rachel Labram, Discipleship Director
Ruth Ann Holmes, Office Manager